1. Arizona nearly matched its offensive scoring ouput for the game on the first play. Brandon Dawkins reared back and fired a deep pass to Nate Phillips, who caught the pass and ran unimpeded to the end zone. But a flag for ineligible receiver downfield erased the play, and the Wildcats instead began the game by going three-and-out.
2. Shalom Luani intercepted Dawkins on UA’s second drive and gave WSU the ball at the eight-yard line. Because of that play, the Cougars took a 10-0 lead over the visitors and the offense barely had to work at all.
3. The Wildcats had one last chance to make a game of it, trailing 17-0 in the first quarter with the ball at the WSU 39-yard line. On fourth-down, Nnamdi Oguayo fired off the edge to sack Anu Solomon for a loss of 14 yards, giving the Cougars the ball with excellent field position.
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